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Cava Winery & Vineyard

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Cava Winery & Vineyard
Location3619 Route 94, Hamburg, New Jersey, USA
Coordinates41.163300 N, 74.565297 W
Other labelsCeci Bella
First vines planted2005
Opened to the public2008
Key peopleAnthony Riccio (owner)
Jeff Blake (winemaker)[1]
Acres cultivated5
Cases/yr3000 (2012)
Other attractionsBistro
DistributionOn-site, wine festivals, NJ liquor stores, home shipment
TastingTastings and tours on weekends

Cava Winery & Vineyard is a winery in Hardyston Township (mailing address is Hamburg) in Sussex County, New Jersey.[2][3] The vineyard was first planted in 2005, and opened to the public in 2008.[4][5] Cava has 5 acres of grapes under cultivation, and produces 3000 cases of wine per year.[6][7] The winery is named for the Italian word cava which means "cave," reflecting the mining heritage of Sussex County.[6]


Cava Winery produces wine from Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Ciliegiolo, Chardonnay, Durif (Petite Sirah), Grechetto, Merlot, Muscat blanc, Pinot gris, Pinot noir, Riesling, Sagrantino, Sangiovese, Sauvignon blanc, Trebbiano, and Zinfandel grapes. Cava also makes fruit wines from açaí berries, apples, blackberries, blueberries, kiwifruit, peaches, pears, pomegranates, raspberries, strawberries, and watermelons.[8] It is the only winery in New Jersey that produces wine from Ciliegiolo, Grechetto, and Sagrantino, which are vinifera grapes indigenous to the Umbria region of Italy.[9] Cava is also the only New Jersey winery that uses açaí berries, pears, and watermelons.[8] The winery has a separate brand for their fruit wines, named "Ceci Bella" after the owner's dog.[10][11] Cava is not located in one of New Jersey's three viticultural areas.[4]

Features, licensing, associations, and publicity

The winery operates a bistro that sells appetizers and pizzas.[6][12] Cava has a plenary winery license from the New Jersey Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control, which allows it to produce an unrestricted amount of wine, operate up to 15 off-premises sales rooms, and ship up to 12 cases per year to consumers in-state or out-of-state.[13][14] The winery is a member of the Garden State Wine Growers Association and its subsidiary, Vintage North Jersey.[12][15] In July 2012, Cava was profiled on the television show Road Trip with G. Garvin.[16][17]

See also


  1. ^ Cava Winery & Vineyard. "Cava Winery & Vineyard: Our Story" (commercial website). Retrieved 21 July 2013.
  2. ^ Fujimori, Sachi. "Get to know the Garden States local wines at the New Jersey Wine Festival at Demarest Farms" in The Bergen Record (17 August 2011). Retrieved 21 July 2013.
  3. ^ Westrich, Sal. New Jersey Wine: A Remarkable History. (Charleston, SC: The History Press, 2012). ISBN 9781609491833.
  4. ^ a b Jackson, Bart. Garden State Wineries Guide. (South San Francisco, CA: Wine Appreciation Guild, 2011). ISBN 9781934259573.
  5. ^ Hill, Kelly. "Cava Winery" in The New Jersey Herald (16 April 2008). Retrieved 19 May 2013.
  6. ^ a b c Sullivan, Kathy. "Cava Winery and Vineyard" on Wine Trail Traveler (blog) (7 July 2011). Retrieved 15 April 2013.
  7. ^ Vineyard & Winery Management. "Wine Industry Index 2012" (archived website). Retrieved 12 April 2013.
  8. ^ a b Cava Winery & Vineyard. "Cava Winery & Vineyard: Online Store" (commercial website). Retrieved 18 July 2013. A review of the wines made by New Jersey's 46 wineries found no other establishment using Ciliegiolo, Grechetto, or Sagrantino grapes, nor any other New Jersey winery using açaí berries, pears, or watermelons.
  9. ^ Umbria Online. "Food and Wine: Umbrian Wines" (tourism website) (9 July 2009). Retrieved 12 June 2013.
  10. ^ United States Patent and Trademark Office. "Trademark/Service Mark Application, Serial Number: 85483931" (24 July 2012). Retrieved 29 August 2013.
  11. ^ Cava Winery & Vineyard. "Recent Posts by Others" on Facebook (1 September 2013). Retrieved 1 September 2013. Ceci Bella is an Italian word meaning "beautiful bean," a reference to the owner's tiny Yorkshire Terrier whose image is on the wine bottle.
  12. ^ a b Vintage North Jersey. "Participating Wineries on the Vintage North Jersey Wine Trail." Retrieved 29 August 2013.
  13. ^ New Jersey Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control. "New Jersey ABC license update" (16 April 2013). Retrieved 24 August 2013.
  14. ^ New Jersey General Assembly. "N.J.S.A. 33:1-10". Statutes of New Jersey. New Jersey.
  15. ^ Garden State Wine Growers Association. "GSWGA Wineries." Archived June 21, 2013, at the Wayback Machine Retrieved 27 March 2013.
  16. ^ Roadtrip with G. Garvin Location List. "Episode 106: New Jersey." Cooking Channel. 3 July 2012. Television show.
  17. ^ Kennedy, Kathryn. "Road Trip With G. Garvin Stops at Hoboken – Airs on Cooking Channel" in Hoboken Patch (19 June 2012). Retrieved 24 August 2013.
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